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The WIP posting is being cockblocked by technical difficulties, and I'm hoping one of you knows a work-around. When I try to copy the text over from my GoogleDoc, DW doesn't seem to be able to put a cut-tag around it. When I copied it text-only to Open Office, re-added the italics, and copied that into DW, I get annoying extra spacing at the paragraph breaks, despite OO being totally convinced the whole thing's single-spaced with no added paragraph formatting. Anybody have any tricks?
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Anybody want to beta a House podfic for me? Nothing intensive; I'm basically just looking for someone who has 40 minutes to listen through and confirm that I didn't accidentally chop out half a sentence in the editing process or something.

First person to reply gets the download link!
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Again, crossposted, because it's still worth it to me.

Channelling our collective hatred of both bigotry and faulty logic, Sarah of Smart Bitches is showing Amazon the price of being wrong on the internet: a good old-fashioned Amazon Google-Bombing. Details here, but the short version is this:

To play along, post a link to http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com/amazonrank/ on a searchable blog or website with the link text set to:

Amazon Rank

If enough of us do this, the top hit for the search "Amazon Rank" eventually becomes:

amazon rank
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): amazon ranked
1. To censor and exclude on the basis of adult content in literature (except for Playboy, Penthouse, dogfighting and graphic novels depicting incest orgies).
2. To make changes based on inconsistent applications of standards, logic and common sense.
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My apologies to those of you who have both my journals friended and are reading this twice.

Amazon.com is censoring books featuring GLBTQ characters or homosexual relationships by stripping them of their sales rankings, which makes it less likely that they will appear in searches. When contacted regarding one of the books, an author was told, "In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists." However, several of the books stripped of rank include autobiographies, young adult novels, self-help books, and other books with no explicit sexual content. It also includes major works such as Brokeback Mountain, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Stone Butch Blues, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, Am I Blue?, Gender Outlaw ... books that, for those of us who are queer, or questioning, or transgendered (and notably: for those of us who are also people of color) are likely to be the first time we read about our own experiences, or read something that makes us feel loveable, or represented, or make us make sense in our own heads.

I encourage those of you with the time, particularly those of you who routinely purchase things from Amazon, to contact them and demand rankings be restored to books with GLBTQ content. There's a web page here that offers various ways to contact Amazon. ETA: There's also a petition you can sign.

I shop at Amazon for its cheapness and convenience. That's not enough of a draw for me to subsidize my own cultural erasure.
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So, someone who may or may not have been one of you lovely people nominated Who's Left and Who's Leaving for the SG Awards. To whomever did that: thank you so much! It made my day to get the notification.

But meanwhile, for everyone who's read that story and knows what happens, I've got a question I could really use your input on. Warnings: spoils the whole plot of the story, so don't click if you don't know how that story ends. )

Thanks, guys. As always, I'm in your debt.
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Hey guys, I'm working on a fic and was wondering something:

1. Did/do Canadian high schools have Home Ec? Or an equivalent thereof?

2. If not, would Canadians at least be familiar with the concept (from American friends/pop culture/whatever)?


By the way, I should take a moment to say thanks to all of you who keep chiming in to answer my various canon and RL questions. What with the end of the quarter and life stuff that interrupted my internet access, I know I've been crap about replying to comments for the last month or so, but I really do appreciate the time and help. :)

... what?

May. 17th, 2008 08:31 pm
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So after spending my walking time in the last couple of days cooking up potential explanations for how language translation works on SGA (because we've got multiple languages on Earth, but only one set of aliens who use a spoken language other than English, yet we keep seeing alien writing systems that we're told explicitly not everyone can read), I went and checked Gateworld to make sure that what I'd come up with didn't contradict the available canon on the universal translator.

There was no article. Okay: so I Googled. Wikipedia provided this:

In the television shows Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, there are no personal translation devices used, and most alien and Human cultures on other planets speak English. The makers of the show have themselves admitted this on the main SG-1 site, stating that this is to save spending ten minutes an episode on characters learning a new language [...] In the season 8 finale of SG-1, “Moebius (Part II),” the characters go back in time to 3000 B.C. and one of them teaches English to the people there. Fans have speculated that the language could have been secretly adopted then and carried on from planet to planet, leading to today’s situation in which most planets speak English. This interpretation is severely strained, to say the least; it entirely lacks any sort of scientific credibility, especially considering the fact that almost every alien race encountered in every Stargate series speaks nearly perfect, modern English, when a language would almost certainly change beyond recognition in that length of time [...]

Given that the Asgard and the Ancients were existent in the same 'Alliance of Four Great Races', it is possible that English was used as the universal language mentioned in "The Torment of Tantalus". Considering also that both races play or played a pivotal role in the interplanetary relations of several galaxies, as well as dealings with the Goa'uld, this could be the explanation of the existence of English as a semi-universal language.


Seriously? I mean, I'd been bemoaning the universal translation tech in the stargates as shitty and logically slap-dash even by the standards of SGA's bullshit science, but now you're telling me that there is no universal translater? That it's complete fanon, apparently embraced to fill the gaping logical void left in canon?

Seriously? I'm asking for actual confirmation here. This is honestly hard to wrap my head around.
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1. Do we know Teyla's father's name or how he died?

2. Does Teyla ever say if Athos was culled during her lifetime, or how often?

3. Do we know anything else about her family or her childhood?
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So, I've run into something that can't be called a problem in any sense that preserves proportion to Real Life in the Real World, but what the heck a bit of a problem, and I thought I'd ask you guys for help.

See, whenever school and work are keeping me really busy, fandom becomes my sole source of pleasure-reading. This would be just fine, except I end up going to the same comms and recs-lists to get my fic, which means lately it's been all SGA all the time, and guys, I am hitting saturation. There is literally a limit to how much uninterrupted fic I can read in the same fandom, particularly when most of what I'm getting to centers around the same pairing, and I'm fast approaching that limit. I especially need to step back a bit because I've got multiple SGA stories in the works, and I don't want to risk killing my will to write through sheer overexposure to all the legitimately awesome stuff that's already been done.

So: rec me anything that's not SGA. Original or fanfic, any length, any genre, any pairing -- as long as it's fiction so good it knocks your socks off and it's available on the internet, I have no preferences whatsoever. Go to town! Links to prior recs, del.icio.us accounts, etc. are also welcome.

Thanks in advance for whatever you come up with -- you'll be doing me a big favor. :)
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So, the way I use this journal is generally pretty narrow, but today I'm stuck inside on a gorgeous Saturday poking at an SPSS database of national travel information that I only sort of understand. Normally, this is the kind of thing that gives me lots of geeky pleasure, but guys: it is beautiful outside, it's the weekend, it's over 75 degrees for the first time since -- jeez, probably October, and I. Am stuck. Inside. (For which I have only myself to blame.)

I've discovered a weird thing about my ability to concentrate: if I give myself a specific off-task thing I can use to break up the work, I actually concentrate better and dick around less than if I try to stay 100% focused. Since more people read this journal than my RL one, I figure I'm more likely to find confederates here.

So, let's play complete the sentence!

Rules are simple: you comment with the start of a sentence, I reply with the rest of it. These can be fannish (i.e. John Sheppard's ugliest pair of boxers are) or personal (i.e. If I could spend the rest of the day doing something totally undignified, it would be), or whatever, really. I'll probably opt out of anything personal enough that it'd otherwise be under lock at my primary journal, and due to current venue I need to avoid anything really NC-17 (though suggestive and innuendo-laden is fine *g*). Other than that, have at!*


*... please? Seriously, I'm going nuts here.

ETA: Game closed! But this was so much fun that I think I'll have to repeat it again soon. Thanks for the great prompts, guys!

Music?

Apr. 10th, 2008 09:14 am
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So, there's some significant Unidentified-related stuff due to be posted within the next week, and I wanted to tack up a bit of music to go with them. Does anyone have a copy of Robert Plant and Allison Krauss's version of "Please Read the Letter" that they'd be willing to upload for me?

Thanks, guys!
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Is there anyone around right now who's seen the SGA season finale and can beta roughly 75 words of flashfic?


ETA: The final count? 43 words. Which is good, because this week, that's all the fiction I can afford to let myself write.

Title: Split
Summary: What happens in the last second.
Notes: SGA; spoilers for the S4 season finale, "The Last Man." Written for the "Not Dead Yet" challenge. Major thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sheafrotherdon for the lightning-fast beta, and to [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings for making me think of it.
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It's not for me, it's for [livejournal.com profile] shaenie, who is hands-down one of my favorite writers in or out of fandom. If anyone knows both SGA and the Stephen King series The Dark Tower and can beta a short piece tonight before the [livejournal.com profile] sga_flashfic deadline ends, hightail it over here and let her know right away.

She and I have been betaing for each other for years, and I absolutely promise you, it'll be worth it just to get to read the story a few hours before everyone else does. I don't even know the Dark Tower books (or I'd be betaing this one myself) and I still was on the edge of my seat from the time she sent me the first scene. It is just that cool.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help her out. Trust me, this is a woman you want in your fandom. :)
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Hey, does anybody have Wilco's "Poor Places" or their cover of "Airline to Heaven"? The only versions of the tracks I have are the live ones, and those aren't quite right for the soundtrack in question.
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I'm trying to get together a list of every canonical scar John and Rodney have -- where they are, what they look like, and how they got them. This includes speculative scars, where we may not have seen the scar itself, but we saw them get hurt or it gets mentioned in dialogue, and it's an injury that plausible could have left scarring.

If you can help, I'd be much obliged, and I promise all assistance will be richly rewarded by the use this reference material will be put to. *g*


ETA: Uh, obviously, I'm not expecting anyone to go canvas three and a half seasons of episodes for me. And there are some I already know, like these ), but the longer the list and the more closely it follows canon, the better that particular scene will be.
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So I have this vid which is pretty much done, and I've made at least five separate attempts to upload it to Imeem in the last three days. Each time, Imeem claims the video will go up and a link will be sent to me fifteen minutes after the (supposedly successful) uploading. Each time, no dice.

Anyone else have this problem? Better yet, anyone know how to fix it? It's a WMV file, 16.1 MB, if that has any bearing on things at all.

Thanks, guys.

Eta: Hurrah, it worked!

Music?

Nov. 19th, 2007 09:23 pm
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I've got a flashfic that I'm hoping to finish before the challenge deadline is up on Friday. It's not long enough for an actual soundtrack, but there are at least two songs that I want to put up with it, and I'm missing one of them.

Does anybody have "Shadow Song" by the Mountain Goats? If you do, and you could Sendspace it to me, I'd be much obliged.
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I don't suppose any of you could upload Stateless' "Prism #1" for me, could you? (They're a new enough group that I feel like this is a long shot.) It's perfect for the soundtrack of my current story (which should be up on [livejournal.com profile] sga_flashfic before the end of the current challenge, and I'll be reposting here when the challenge is over).

Thanks!

ETA: And again, it's [livejournal.com profile] sleepwalkerfish ftw.

Help!

Jul. 8th, 2007 06:26 pm
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(I also posted this on a filter at my main journal, so apologies to anyone getting it twice.)

I've run into a major formatting problem. When I use the "Rich Text" setting on the "Update Journal" page, LJ automatically puts add two lines of extra space between paragraphs to the one line I use -- and it does this whether I'm trying to copy and paste from a Word document or from a GoogleDocs file. But if I post using the "HTML" setting, I have to code all of the italics by hand (which'll be two hours of extra work, minimum).

Anyone know how I can get around having to do a whole bunch more work reformatting this (either the paragraph spacing or all the italics) by hand? Please?

Beta?

Jun. 4th, 2007 07:21 pm
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Duplicating this request from my main journal, so apologies to those of you who are getting it twice, but I need another beta for a soon-to-be-finished story and am trying to increase my chances of finding a taker.

-- The gist: SGA AU, McKay/Sheppard; knowledge of the show and canon a bonus but not necessary
-- Estimated time to finished draft: a week and a half (could be less, unlikely to be more than two weeks)
-- Estimated length of finished draft: ... 25,000-30,000 words.

Clearly, this is not for the short of time or faint of heart, but I'll be grateful if any of you are interested.

If you want a very small snapshot, you can check out the first scene here.

Inquire at the_drifter(at)livejournal.com or via comments if you have questions.

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